A quite place family run place outside Ancient Olympia.
The staff is friendly and helpfull but the romms are on the small side.
The food on the Taverna is good, the portions are large, but a bit expensive for what it offers
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
We stayed at the Bacchus Taverna in May last year, so didn't have any issues regarding the cold. There were only a couple of other people staying there and we really liked that it was off the beaten (tourist) path, in a beautiful, quiet rural setting, and just down the road from the site of Olympia.
The day we arrived, we had toured the site of Delphi all day, then got in our rental car and drove 4 hrs to Olympia (nice drive, good roads, not much traffic), arriving early evening. We soaked up the view from our balcony (beautiful and so peaceful!), then had a nice meal in the restaurant at the hotel, before going for a walk through the village, which was very quiet and peaceful until a large dog started barking and chasing us!
Safely tucked away back in our cozy room, we had a quiet, restful sleep, waking the next morning to the sound of a rooster crowing and goats bleating. Breakfast was wonderful, a huge tray packed with boiled eggs, sliced meat, Greek yoghurt, fresh fruit, homemade jam, bread, and of course cake (seems to be a staple at Greek breakfasts!). It was heaven to sit outdoors, enjoying the incredible view and eating the fresh, delicious food. With full stomachs, it was off to visit the site of Olympia for the day ...
Some of the staff (in the dining room) didn't speak much English, which could be misconstrued as impoliteness by some, but the staff at the front desk were very efficient and friendly when dealing with us. If you like to be away from the crowds, and staying in a place with some ambiance, the Bacchus Taverna is a perfect place to stay. We would love to go back.
We stayed here for a night when we visited Olympia. Chose the pension because of the good reviews of Tripadvisor. But we were disappointed. It may have been just a low season winter downer for the pension. Based on our experience we can't really recommend anyone else go stay there.
We arrived just before sunset to find the hotel shrouded in a power failure. Couldn't put on the heater so we just shivered under the blankets until the power came back on. After that we just didn't feel like going anywhere else for dinner, so we just ate at the tavern. Food was dry and greasy and the bread was stale and cold. The next morning we were served an assortment of cold pastry and cold hard boiled eggs, and the familiar stale, cold bread. We requested that the bread be at least toasted. The girl serving us made a face at our request but at least conceded to warming up the bread.
The proprietor was at least friendly and helpful. But everything else just didn't seem up to scratch. Made us wish we had chosen somewhere else. Fortunately it was just for a night.
We stayed here one night, before we visited Ancient Olympia. It was a bit confusing to find, because the address didn't show up in my GPS (but that can be said for most of the stuff in Greece), but I put Archaia Pissa in as the city instead of the street, and we got there. It's right on the main street through town, and it has a huge sign. It was reasonably priced for the room we got, and breakfast was wonderful. The hotel was pretty empty, so instead of a buffet (it looks like it's a buffet when it's busy), the waiter/front desk clerk brought us a tray of breakfast goodies. The shower was probably the best one I've ever seen in a hotel. It isn't far from the archaeological site, though I would still drive.
We had thought of staying in Olympia but thankfully we didn't. Instead we found Bacchus Taverna just outside Olympia set in a small village in the countryside with a pool and taverna all in one. Our room was elegantly decorated with a balcony overlooking the fields. It was quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of Olympia. Food was terrific starting with excellent breakfasts of yogurt, eggs, breads, cheese, meats. If you stay for dinner the eggplant and lamb dishes are delicious. We ate every night at Bacchus as meals are home cooked by the family and we were never disappointed. Also important is this is a great location for exploring the surrounding area such as the west coast, the gorge, the villages of Dimitsana and Semistana. We would recommend Bacchus Taverna for anyone looking for a special ambiance and great food...............Ontario Canada